A loan of $375 helped to buy bags of maize, palm fruits, cassava dough, bags of cassava, plantains, meat, and varieties of fish.


Vivian's story

Vivian operates a local chop bar at Hohoe lorry station. She cooks and sells banku and fufu, local Ghanaian dishes. In Ghana, fufu is mostly made from boiled cassava and unripe plantain beaten together. Fufu (also known as foofoo or foufou) is a thick paste usually made by boiling starchy root vegetables in water and pounding with a mortar and pestle until the desired consistency is reached. The malleable dough is served and eaten with a light tomato soup, groundnut soup, palm oil fruit soup or other soups. Banku/Akple is fermented corn/cassava dough mixed proportionally and cooked in hot water into a smooth whitish consistent paste. Served with soup, stew or a pepper sauce with fish. The most popular side dish for banku in Ghana is okra stew. Vivian is single but has 3 children. She has been in business for the past 9 years. She is responsible for the general upkeep of herself and three other dependents. Her loan will be used to buy bags of maize, palm fruits, cassava dough, bags of cassava, plantains, meat, and varieties of fish. She hopes to use the new profits from her business to save towards her old age.


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